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- Homer Simpson, about a waffle
which he had been worshipping
but decided to eat instead.
pect typical Elton-energy or Ashman-Menken
bounce from "The Lion King."
Do expect a riveting (and educational) story of
family, survival and the triumph of good over evil.
"The Lion King" chronicles the life of future lion-
king Simba, who begins as a young cub. But
because of a bitter brotherly grudge, Mufasa
(Simba's father)is killed, and Simba must face the
challenge of accepting his father's death and even-
tually his own responsibility.
Do expect another visually-astounding ani-
mationextravaganza. Thejungle animalsare
beautiful, realistic and full of life. And of
course, the main characters stand out with
unique personalities and even better anima-
tion. You'll jump out of your seat during an
unbelievably striking stampede scene.
And do expect the story to be rendered with
the most fitting and believable human voices to be
found, many in accordance with the African set-
ting: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Randy on TV's
"Home Improvement") and Matthew
Broderick as the young and older Simba,
KoXert tjuiaume to moxey), v wupi ouluuerg
(a hyena), and James EarlJones (Mufasa). Perhaps
the best surprise of all is Jeremy Irons' deliciously
evil performance as Scar, Mufasa's brother and
Disney's requisite villain.
The visuals are breathtaking and the characters
endearing, but the music is - well, just there.
Hans Zimmer's background music, propelled by
rich harmonies and infectious African rhythms,
leaves the biggest impression.NoneofElton John's
music - with lyrics by musical theater veteran,-
TimRice-standsout; there are no show-stoppers
like "Under the Sea," "Be Our Guest" or "Friend
Like Me." Elton John clearly has the capacity to
write an incredible movie-musical, but Disney's
writers most likely would not allow him to do so.
Five songs does not a movie-musical make, so
call this a movie with music. But perhaps the best
thing about "The Lion King" is that Disney could
nevermake a Broadway musical out of this one. Of
course, there is "Cats" ...
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